Sur la verdure (Jacobus Clemens non Papa)

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  • (Posted 2015-05-01)  CPDL #35262:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2015-05-01).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 76 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Sur la verdure
Composer: Jacobus Clemens non Papa

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1549 in Livre 2: XXVI chansons nouvelles (Nicolas Du Chemin), no. 24
    2nd published: 1560 in Septiesme livre des chansons à quatre parties (Pierre Phalèse), Edition 1

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Original French
Sur la verdure du pré florissant,
m'amye'ouy chanter, dancer, et rire,
O, quel douleur s'etit, O quel martire,
quant vis qu'aultre, d'ell'estoit jouissant.

Modern French
Sur la verdure du pré florissant
j'ai entendu mon amie chanter, danser et rire.
O quelle douleur c'était, quel martyre
quand je vis qu'un autre était jouissant
d'elle sur la verdure.

English.png English translation

In a greensward full of flowers one day,
My love, I saw, did laugh and dance and sing,
But oh the pain, oh how the sight did sting,
‘Twas with another man that she did play.

Translation by Thomas Daughton